Loyal festival fans ready to hit the road

THE first few thousand of 12,000 Falls Festival ticket holders will start their pilgrimage to Marion Bay tomorrow.

Among the throng travelling south will be Clynton Brown, of Legana, and Steph Ranson, of Riverside, who will attend their fourth Falls Festival.

Miss Ranson credits the festival with turning her onto live music after she witnessed the colourful and charismatic Karen O bring in 2010 with her band, Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Since then she has tried to attend any festival she possibly can with Falls a top priority.

"There is such a good atmosphere at Falls - it's relaxing and you get to see huge bands play live," Miss Ranson said.

"We normally go with friends but it is just the two of us this year. We liked the line-up so much that we couldn't miss it."

Festival goers seem likely to escape the stinging high temperatures of late year's festival with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting maximums of 20 degrees over Monday and Tuesday with the chance of light showers.

As in previous years, Tasmania Police will have a presence as will St John Ambulance volunteers.

Inspector Peter Powell said there would be plain-clothes and uniformed officers and a sniffer dog. He said random breath testing would be conducted on New Year's Day.

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